In Kenya, the French drivers Jean Pierre Nicolas and Jean Claude Lefebvre won the Safari Rally on Monday (27 March).
GV: Car no.6 drives into ditch.
SCU: African looking on
GV: Car no.14 passes car no.6 still in ditch.
GV: Car no.6 out of ditch and away.
GV: Car no.5 along route.
GV: Car no.37 with man on back to weigh car down through muddy ditch.
Some sections of the course for the five day rally were so bad that the route had to be changed. Close to a third of the competitors were knocked out by the first leg. The organisers extended the limit to give drivers more of a chance in the final stages.
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: In Kenya, the French drivers Jean Pierre Nicolas and Jean Claude Lefebvre won the Safari Rally on Monday (27 March). They were driving a French works entered Peugot 504. Only 17 of the 68 starters finished the gruelling course, one of the world's toughest motor rallies.
SYNOPSIS: This year, conditions were even tougher than usual. The Datsun, number six, driven by Finland's Rauno Anltonen and Lofty Drews of Kenya was lying second, despite getting struck in a ditch during the third leg. But a little later, Aaltonen rolled the car, and they lost second place.
Two Kenyans in a works Porsche, car number 14, eventually came in second. Vic Preston Junior and John Lyall were the drivers. The defending champions, Waldegaard and Horszelius of Sweden were fourth in another works Porsche.
Aaltonen and Drews, still managed to take third place, and they're already looking forward to their next rally-in Greece.
No works team managed to get three cars home to claim the manufacturers' prize. This year's rally the 26th, has been particularly hard hit by heavy rain, and much of the 5,000 kilometre (3,000 mile) course has been under water.